A Select Tasting of Fine Rosés, Decanter 2013

With summer finally here, although don’t shout too loud because you might scare it away, many people are reaching for a glass of something refreshing and light to enjoy and what better than a glass of rosé. And by rosé I don’t mean something sickly sweet or with Zinfandel on the label or that you…

‘Gold’ Wine tasting, Decanter 2013

By now you must have realised that I have a passion for sweet wines. Something that four years ago I would never have drunk willingly. My only reference at the time would have been cheap medium-sweet German wines that were drunk in the local pub. Then when I was out having dinner with the family,…

New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year again when the first question you are asked by most people is ‘so what’s your New Year’s resolution?’  Most people either want to do more or less of something.  One friend of mine is going to exercise more; another is going to eat less chocolate.  Mine is one that would…

Tasting the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon – Decanter

After spending a week in Montpellier in the summer I have developed a real love for the wines from this region and when I heard that Decanter where having a Languedoc-Roussillon tasting as part of their Fine Wine Encounter I couldn’t wait to go. The Languedoc-Roussillon wine region is rugged, hot and dusty but also has great…

Decanter – Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter 2012

If I ever had to choose only one wine to drink for the rest of my life it would probably be a Sauternes.  The luscious golden liquid with flavours that move from pineapple and tropical fruits when youthful to the deeply complex dried fruits, honey and gingerbread with age are a wonder to behold.  At this year’s Decanter…

Decanter – Italian Encounter 2012

Having already attended a couple of Decanter events I have learnt a few key tactics that mean you will survive the day.  First of all don’t wear heavy clothing or things that can’t be removed easily – not because after a few too many glasses where you have forgotten to spit you may end up…

Decanter Great Spanish Fine Wine Encounter

One great way to learn about wines is to drink a lot of them (what a hard life I lead!).  The only problem with this is the cost involved in drinking enough wines to feel confident when it comes to the WSET diploma blind tasting exams.  So with my fortified wines exam quickly approaching I…